The Reading Room

At V. Press we love readers, and readers discussing their reads with other readers. The Reading Room is set up with this in mind.

On this page, readers can find some potential discussion points on various V. Press titles, authors writing about their work, and themes that run through some of our pamphlets and collections.

We're keen to encourage reading groups, teachers or university lecturers who'd like to feature a V. Press title in their reading programme/teaching list. V. Press can offer UK-based groups buying five or more copies of any V. Press title in one order to one delivery, the same number of another V. Press title (of equivalent price) for free (delivery at same time to same address). *

If any groups are interested in talking with V. Press authors about their book/pamphlet, we can put you in touch too with the authors directly to discuss the possibilities of an 'author visit' (in person or through eg skype).

Please email Sarah at VPresspublishingAToutlookDOTcom for more details about this.

Authors' Thoughts on their Work

Margaret Adkins on 'Memories, Moments & Mingled Space': how French philosopher Gaston Bachelard influenced her poetry pamphlet Mingled Space.

Kathy Gee on Checkout (poetry)reading notes here.

Sarah James/Leavesley (V. Press editor)'s 'poem biographies', discussion points and writers' prompts  on her Nine Arches Press collection, plenty-fish (Nine Arches Press) here.

Michael Loveday on Three Men on the Edge (flash fiction novella) here and a fabulous interview by Nancy Stohlman, 'So You Wrote a Book? Michael Loveday', here.

Damhnait Monaghan interviewed about The Neverlands (flash fiction novella) by Nancy Stohlman on So You Wrote a Book? here.

Alex Reed on A Career in Accompaniment (poetry) and his experience as a carer here.

Kelly Williams on Ynygordna (poetry) and raising awareness of the third gender pronoun here.

Martin Zarrop on Making Waves Albert Einstein: Science & Life (poetry), reading notes here.



INTEREST AREAS AND THEMES

Ageing

A Woven Rope (poetry) by Jenna Plewes

American Midwest

Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter

Art/Ekphrasis

May We All Be Artefacts (poetry) by Chloe Hanks

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

To Boldly Go (poetry) by Martin Zarrop

Caring

Checkout (poetry) by Kathy Gee

A Career in Accompaniment (poetry) by Alex Reed - blogpost on the pamphlet in light of Alex's own experience as a carer here.

Class

Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter

Community

Checkout (poetry) by Kathy Gee

Crime

Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter

Diasporic Identity

The Protection of Ghosts (poetry) by Natalie Linh Bolderston

Displacement

Alice In Wonderland Syndrome (flash) by Meg Pokrass

Divorce

Alice In Wonderland Syndrome (flash) by Meg Pokrass

Dyslexia

This Lexia & Other Languages (poetry) by Helen Kay

Ekphrasis

May We All Be Artefacts (poetry) by Chloe Hanks

Family

The Protection of Ghosts (poetry) by Natalie Linh Bolderston

This Lexia & Other Languages (poetry) by Helen Kay

The Neverlands (flash fiction novella) by Damhnait Monaghan

A Woven Rope (poetry) by Jenna Plewes

knots, tangles, fankles (poetry) by Alex Reed

An Inheritance (flash fiction novella) by Diane Simmons

Family Frames (flash) by Alison Woodhouse

(The) Fantastic

Heroines (poetry) by Becky Varley-Winter

Folklore

May We All Be Artefacts (poetry) by Chloe Hanks

Friendship

Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter

Heroines (poetry) by Becky Varley-Winter

Grief

The Neverlands (flash fiction novella) by Damhnait Monaghan

These Nights at Home (poetry & photography), poems by Alex Reed, photos by Keren Banning

Family Frames (flash) by Alison Woodhouse

Healing Earth

To Boldly Go (poetry) by Martin Zarrop

Historical

An Inheritance (flash fiction novella) by Diane Simmons

Home

Family Frames (flash) by Alison Woodhouse

Humour

Midnight Laughter (flash fiction) by  Paul McDonald

Immigration

Winter with Eva (poetry) by Elaine Baker

Inheritance

An Inheritance (flash fiction novella) by Diane Simmons

Leaving Earth

To Boldly Go (poetry) by Martin Zarrop

Legacy

May We All Be Artefacts (poetry) by Chloe Hanks

Loss

Three Men on the Edge (flash fiction novella) by Michael Loveday

These Nights at Home (poetry & photography), poems by Alex Reed, photos by Keren Banning

Heroines by Becky Varley-Winter

A Bluebottle in Late October (poetry) by John Wheway

Love 

Love poems feature in many of our pamphlets and collections. Titles that particularly feature love and heartache include:

Winter with Eva (poetry) by Elaine Baker

A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache (poetry) by Charley Barnes

Three Men on the Edge (flash fiction novella) by Michael Loveday

Alice In Wonderland Syndrome (flash) by Meg Pokrass

Like love (poetry) Brenda Read-Brown

Heroines (poetry) by Becky Varley-Winter


Marriage

A Bluebottle in Late October (poetry) by John Wheway

Maths

Making Waves Albert Einstein: Science & Life (poetry) by Martin Zarrop

Memory

The Protection of Ghosts (poetry) by Natalie Linh Bolderston


Motherhood

Unable Mother (poetry) by Helen Calcutt

The Neverlands (flash fiction novella) by Damhnait Monaghan

Obsession

Three Men on the Edge (flash fiction novella) by Michael Loveday


Peace/War

The Nagasaki Elder (poetry) by Antony Owen

Psychiatry

knots, tangles, fankles (poetry) by Alex Reed

Quest for Transcendence

Set a Crow to Catch a Crow (flash) by Mary-Jane Holmes

Race

Hometown (flash) by Carrie Etter

Science


Schizophrenia

knots, tangles, fankles (poetry) by Alex Reed

(The) Suburbs

Three Men on the Edge (flash fiction novella) by Michael Loveday

Survival

A Bluebottle in Late October (poetry) by John Wheway

War/Peace

The Nagasaki Elder (poetry) by Antony Owen

Winter

Winter with Eva (poetry) by Elaine Baker

* Subject to availability and offer based on individual copy prices (including UK p & p) on our website.

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